C1V1L will feature necklaces, rings, cuffs and more
Slick Woods has moved into the world of jewellery design, with her debut collection championing an important cause close to her heart.
Partnering with a group of friends, the model has launched C1V1L – a jewellery line owned by minorities which plans to invest 20% of its profits back into other minority and female-owned companies.
The model explained that she’s selected the line as her latest business venture because she’s aware of black culture’s influence on brands and fashion businesses owned, designed and marketed by people not from a BAME background.
‘We get treated as jesters,’ Woods told Business of Fashion. ‘We are supposed to entertain everybody with our words and the way we talk and we are just supposed to sing and dance. I’m trying to be king. I’m not trying to be the jester.’
Woods has partnered with Jerry Media – an advertising company which was recently embroiled in the Fyre Festival controversy after two documentaries focussing on the calamity were released earlier this year.
The company’s managing director, Blakely Thornton, told the publication that all too often white men profit from brands using black culture for inspiration.
‘There is an issue of the culture being commoditised but we are not the owners of that,’ he said. ‘Even if you’re pushing it and it’s getting a positive media reception, it’s disheartening seeing that the actual financial capital is going back to the same place, back to the top of that pyramid.’
Though Woods hosted a party for the line’s launch in New York on Wednesday, so far no indication of a date has been given for the jewellery drop, other than the ‘coming soon’ teasers on Instagram.
According to BOF, the range of rings, necklaces and bracelets vary in price, starting at around £150 with the most expensive items priced nearing the £5,000 mark.
The news of Wood’s latest venture comes a day after she walked in Rihanna’s exclusive Savage X Fenty show during New York Fashion Week and walked the black-coloured carpet in a head-turning, neon green lace bodysuit.